Our 2018 Main Stage Performers 

OMS Residency – Tanzanian Music Arts

Emmanuel Kaghondi is a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota, visiting the US from his native country of Tanzania while he pursues his degree. He brings experience working with a variety of students and student groups, teaching drumming and percussion from his native country as well as vocal music. Emmanuel will work primarily with music teacher Gina Mathison Elstad to bring a percussion experience to 120 sixth grade students enrolled in General Music classes and choral music with movement to 100 choir students. He will also work with all percussion students enrolled in band at the Middle School, teaching them traditional drumming music. The artists will share their knowledge of Tanzanian geography, culture, wildlife, food and people with all 1,020 students in the Owatonna Middle School during this ten day residency.  

He will be joined in this residency by his wife, Deborah Lyanga who will incorporate dance and movement from Tanzania as well as work with our middle school students in jewelry folk art and act as a consultant with our food services staff so that students have an experience with native food of Tanzania during their lunch at the Owatonna Middle School. Deborah will work with the 100 choir students in movement and with an additional 60 art students teaching them to make traditional ceremonial necklaces native to Tanzanian tribes.
The residency will be structured around an orginal story and music created by our artist, Emmanuel Kaghondi, featuring animals indigenous to Tanzania. The students will learn how to use their instruments to act out the various characters (animals) to bring the story to life and learn how to use movement as they tell the story. The story itself will focus on the values of friendship and cooperation within the Tanzanian culture.

This residency is funded through a School Residency Grant received through the SE Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC).  This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Wild Colonial Bhoys

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Wild Colonial Bhoys is more than just an Irish band – they are an Irish American band. Theirs is like a blended whiskey: it’s a musical melding of both the old and the new, from the peat smoke scent of the ould sod to the can-do spirit that embodies the American dream.
Growing up in an Irish American family, singer Adam Coolong says, “was really a combination of those two traditions, and it’s distinct experience from either one alone, really. On one hand I enjoyed American things like backyard barbecues, baseball and Fourth of July fireworks, but on the other we had Irish ballad-singing at our weddings and wakes, the older generation in the corner telling stories of emigration and about finding their way in a new country. It was really sort of like having a foot in both camps.”

Adam Coolong – vocals and guitar
Tony Comeau – fiddle
Cole Mickelson – guitar
Andy Schuster – bass
Pete James Johnson – drums



Rince na Chroi

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Rince na Chroi (pronounced Rink-a na Cree), Gaelic for “dance of the heart,” was founded by Katie Stephens Spangler in February 2003 after 15 years of Irish dancing and teaching experience in Milwaukee, Chicago and St. Paul.

Since opening our doors, Rince na Chroi has grown from about 15 dancers to over 150. We have performed all over the Twin Cities and the Midwest at events such as the Irish Fair of Minnesota, the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, Grand Old Day, Milwaukee Irish Fest, and many more. Recently, our dancers have performed an average of 100 times each year, in venues such as the Minnesota Zoo and the Landmark Center and with talented musicians such as the Two Tap Trio, the Minnesota Police Pipe Band and Gaelic Storm.

Watch:  Rince na Chroi at 2018 Day of Dance



KetzalCoatlicue (Precious mother earth) is a Kalpulli (learning community) of Indigenous people joined by the desire to learn, share and live in the Mexican Aztec dance tradition. KetzalCoatlicue pursues this spiritual, mental, and physical vocation with music from the sacred drum, conch shells, seeds and other instruments gifted by the natural environment. Our group consists of multi-age dancers with varying years of experience. We are located in South Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Since the Spanish invasion of Mexico in the 16th Century, Indigenous communities in Mexico preserved Aztec dance, ceremony and science through oral tradition. Aztec dance performance was confined to religious celebrations until the early 20th century. A new movement of consciousness gave way to the Mexicayotl which opened the performance of dance and ceremony to celebrations outside the church. Dance and its cultural components have survived primarily through oral tradition. Mexican teachers from established dance boards in the Traditional communities have brought this knowledge to KetzalCoatlicue in Minnesota.

Somali Museum Dancers


The Somali Museum Dance Troupe studies and perform traditional dances from all regions Somalia. Comprised of teens and young adults from the greater Twin Cities area, the troupe has performed for countless corporate, private and public events, with events taking place all across Minnesota, North Dakota, Virginia, Ohio, and Texas.

​The Somali Museum Dance Troupe is made up of high school and college students from the Minneapolis metro who are passionate about sharing their Somali culture. These youth attend schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and most of them have only been in the US for a few years.

Watch December 2017 performance

 Cultural Society of Filipino Americans

Our mission is to preserve, promote and share Filipino customs and traditions through artistic, educational, philanthropic and social activities, and to make our Filipino Minnesota community feel like a family by sharing our heritage with current and future generations.



The Socaholix, a high-energy Caribbean dance band has been gracing stages throughout Minnesota since 2010. Comprised of members from Africa, the Caribbean and the USA, the magical musicianship creates an energy that is both unique and infectious. From the first beat of the drum, the audience is drawn in and within moments, the dance floor is full. Whether a reminder of your Caribbean cruise or simply the hypnotic rhythms the band, it instantly appeals to audiences of all ages.

See more:  www.socaholix.com/